El Paso, TX Education Overview
Parents, students have access to good academic opportunities
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You receive extra credit for knowing that El Paso and the Paso Del Norte Region offer strong educational opportunities for students of all ages.
Three public school districts serve the El Paso region. El Paso Independent School District, founded in 1883 and today with 9,000 employees, is the largest with more than 60,000 students on 94 campuses and a $480 million budget. Socorro Independent School District is one of the fastest-growing school systems in Texas with more than 45,200 students on 47 campuses, and Ysleta Independent School District features 42,500 students attending classes on 62 campuses.
Numerous private preparatory schools serve the Greater El Paso region, including Cathedral High School, El Paso Jewish Academy, Faith Christian Academy and Father Yermo High School. Also accommodating students are Loretto Academy, Lydia Patterson Institute, Radford School, Rose of Sharon Christian Academy and Zion Lutheran Day School.
El Paso Community College
El Paso Community College serves the region with workforce/economic development and continuing education programs that support lifelong learning for residents. With five campuses, EPCC is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in Texas, serving 27,000 credit students and 8,000 continuing education students.
Three notable programs that EPCC offers through its Continuing Education Department are administered through the Contract Opportunities Center, the Small Business Development Center and the Office of Customized Training. Each helps residents start and sustain careers and businesses within the community.
University of Texas at El Paso has 23,000 students, 1,500 administrative staffers and 71 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 20 doctoral degree programs. The beautiful campus lies on hillsides overlooking the Rio Grande River, and the UTEP Miners have 15 varsity sports teams.
Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center remains home to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The nursing school recently received full accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program.
University of Phoenix’s El Paso Campus offers convenient bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business and technology, while Southwest University El Paso has a variety of allied health, technology and business programs. Less than an hour from El Paso is New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.